Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
in the right direction. >> sheila jackson lee is having a town hall meeting. she is sitting there talking on the phone. a person is asking her a question. this is like what seems like the beginning of this thing. believe it or not, we are watching her on the phone, right? there is a woman asking her a question about health care. it seems on its face to be very -- well, yeah. thanks, angie. rude. i am trying to find the words. >> rude, awkward? >> it is not awkward. i tell this to my kids all the time, stop texting or get off the phone when your mother or father or an adult is talking to you. that's not something you want to do. at the very least, its improper telephone etiquette. >> what was the question? what's the full scoop? >> the question doesn't come into play. it was a fair question that was being asked of her of someone who wanted to know more about health care and was asking her a question about how much it is going to cost americans. rather than listen to the question, she was talking on the phone, which seems on its face to be inappropriate. now, she may have a perfectly good e
Aug 13, 2009 4:00pm EDT
a distraction. but what sheila jackson lee has done is not because sheila jackson lee has a consistent history of serving her constituents. >> okay. >> and i served that lady by having a town hall meeting that she could come to in the middle of the day. >> i get it. >> i look forward to working with you. >> we are out of time. congresswoman, very courageous of you to come on. i know it's a difficult thing. wolf blitzer is standing by. he, too, will be covering stories like this in "the situation room." >>> rick, thank you. happening now, something the white house is doing raising some eyebrows out there. it involves health care reform and possibly your e-mail inbox. >>> a convicted bomber seeks mercy. he's in prison for a notorious terrorist act, the bombing of pan am flight 103, killing a lot of americans. now outrage. he may soon be set free after serving only about eight years. >>> and plane down. it ditches in the middle of the sea, and a pilot stands on the plane as it sinks. you might not believe what happened next. one witness said, and i'm quoting now, i thought i'd witnessed death. i'
Aug 13, 2009 11:00pm EDT
the rounds. sheila jackson lee on a cell phone at a town hall meeting as a cancer survivor was asking a question. someone was heard saying she's not even listening. she said she was not taking a call, she was calling a congressional hot line with answers to health care questions. joining us now, candy crowley, tom foreman and joe jackson. it certainly looks leak a literal representation of the common complaint which you've no doubt heard. you've been at these town hall meetings that members of congress aren't listening to their constituents' complaints. >> i see a political ad coming with that. it's emblem attatic, something people can use for campaign purposes. i think i've heard probably at every town hall meeting i was at yesterday, there were four of them, i heard one person say to iowa senator chuck grassley, we don't know what's going on. we don't feel as if anyone is listening to us. it's a common complaint, i have to say. people always feel that representatives of congress don't listen to people like them as they say. the fact of the matter is that right now, the passions are